He came forward after Palin confirmed on her Facebook page that she’d been the subject of a “truly sick” and fairly elaborate plot to dupe her into saying unintelligent things on camera.
The former governor of Alaska and one-time vice presidential nominee said she’d been contacted by a speaker’s bureau offering a “legit opportunity” to honour American veterans and contribute to a “legit Showtime historical documentary”.
She and her daughter flew across the country, where she met a disabled US veteran conducting the interview. Now, she says, she realises that veteran was really Cohen, “heavily disguised” with a “fake wheelchair and all”.
“Out of respect for what I was led to believe would be a thoughtful discussion with someone who had served in uniform, I sat through a long ‘interview’ full of Hollywoodism’s disrespect and sarcasm,” she wrote.
Palin didn’t specify what she said in the interview but said she had “finally had enough and literally, physically removed my mic and walked out, much to Cohen’s chagrin”.
Walsh recounted a similar experience and said that he was duped into attending an event that he was told U2 singer Bono, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, former UK prime minister Tony Blair and film director Steven Spielberg would be attending.
Cohen has been sued in the past by people who have complained after appearing in his films but several cases have been dismissed.
President Donald Trump might also be a target for the latest series, titled Who Is America?
A teaser released on July 4 showed Trump calling Cohen “a third-rate character”.
“I only wish he’d been punched in the face so many times right now he’d be in a hospital,” he added.
Trump appeared in a segment of Cohen’s breakthrough Da Ali G Show in 2003 when Cohen’s character pitched a business idea of a drip-proof ice cream glove to a clearly disgruntled Trump. Trump has said he “immediately walked out” of the encounter, but Cohen said he was there for “about seven minutes”.
Rachel Olding is a Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age based in the United States.
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